CWUNewsNews Speaker - Tom Satterly, 05 Apr 2018 12:30:33<p>CWU Army ROTC and the Veterans Center invite you to hear U.S. Army Sergeant Major (Retired), Tom Satterly, whose life was portrayed in the 2001 movie&nbsp;<em>Black Hawk Down</em>, speak about resilience on Thursday, April 19, in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre at 6:00 p.m.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/veterans/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="558" src="/veterans/sites/" width="356"></a></p><p>The Oscar-winning film was based in the 1993 “Battle of Mogadishu” in Somalia. Satterly was portrayed in the film, because he was a Delta Force command sergeant major and involved directly in that firefight.&nbsp;</p><p>Satterly will discuss the lessons he learned about managing life throughout his 25-year military career during his free, public presentation and explain why he believes, “Our Greatest Failure is the Failure to Try.”</p><p>“We all fail at something,” he said. “We all fail at doing our jobs, we fail at living in life and we learn from it and we get better. And if we choose not to even try for fear of failing that is even a bigger failure in my opinion than attempting something and failing and getting back up and doing it again until you succeed.”</p><p>Satterly now directs All Secure Mission, an organization dedicated to making sure needed medical and social resources are available for retired Special Operation veterans, their spouses, and families. Resilience is a major theme of presentations he now makes on Capitol Hill, before corporations, and at school and college campuses nationwide.</p><p>“You’re responsible for everything that happens in your life—good and bad,” Satterly continued. “A lot of people talk themselves out of things they could have done and, therefore, not given it a shot. You’ve already lost by defeating yourself mentally.”</p><p>He says his specific advice for students is, “nothing is going to be given to you anymore.”</p><p>“If you’ve got a scholarship, great--but you better show your appreciation by turning that into something,” he continued. “If not? It’s your fault. If you turn it into something great, it’s also your ‘fault.’ Don’t expect anyone to hand you anything.”</p><p>Satterly’s advice comes from his own personal experience, along with what he learned from those he has worked alongside and talked with during his extensive career, during which he serving in every major U.S. combat theater, also including Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He says the one innate characteristic they all shared was a willingness to “try anything and go at it until they succeeded.”</p><p>“There’s always somebody chomping at the bit to beat you and that either drives you to be better or it can take you down. It depends on how you let it affect you,” he added. “It’s what you do with that fear and that worry that makes you different. As long as you use that to drive you, and don’t consume you, it’s a good thing.”</p><p>Satterly used that pressure to motivate him throughout his career, during which he was awarded five Bronze Stars, two with valor devices, and a host of other honors and decorations.</p><p>“I don’t think I’m anything special,” Satterly pointed out. “I just think I’m trying to wake people up into what’s in their heads as to what they can tap into.”</p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU faculty and staff communicate with student vets with “Kognito”, 09 Mar 2018 16:32:38<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 180px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Even in an era when digital communication seems to be preeminent, face-to-face conversations are still vital. CWU wants to ensure it is communicating as effectively as possible, especially with veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.</p><p>“Some veterans are uncomfortable bringing up their military service because of concerns they may be singled out and called on to comment on military issues or topics, because of their experiences, during a lecture,” said Ruben Cardenas, CWU Veterans Center director. “That can be uncomfortable because some student-veterans just want to be considered ‘students.’”</p><p>That is among the reasons why the Veterans Center is funding a new online training program, Kognito, to support appropriate interaction with the roughly 600 veterans and members of their families now taking classes in Ellensburg, and at CWU University Centers and learning sites across Washington.</p><p>For the next two years, Kognito will be available to faculty and staff through the university’s Central Learning Academy (CLA).</p><p>Kognito combines conversation with game technology, allowing users to role-play and refine dialogue with “virtual” humans. The training allows participants to try different approaches, get personalized feedback, and learn skills—and gain confidence—to lead similar real-life exchanges.</p><p>“There are people at the university who have limited experience with veterans—where they’re coming from and their experiences,” Cardenas continued. “But, with the growth of the student-veteran population here and at colleges and universities nationwide, this is needed to address awareness in terms of working with and providing additional ways to engage and assist student veterans.”</p><p>The 30-minute, voluntary training is referred to as an evidence-based health simulation. Kognito has been reviewed and certified by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>CWU students pushed for inclusion of the program, which was developed in collaboration with Student Veterans of America, into training opportunities here.</p><p>“It’s customizable to our campus and the resources we have—and that the community makes available,” Cardenas noted. “That’s part of the training—to help our student-veterans make needed connections.”</p><p>Company data indicates more than a million people nationwide have already engaged in a Kognito simulation, which can be tailored to specific client needs. CWU is one of just two public higher education institutions in the state providing the training.&nbsp;</p><p>“It’s designed to further enhance our military-cultural competency,” said Cardenas, pointing out that CWU is already designated a “Veteran Supportive Campus” by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WSDVA).</p><p>The WSDVA endorsement is based on the university’s demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of military personnel and their families, including as one of just four Washington higher education institutions allowed to provide instruction directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the largest military installation on the West Coast, near Tacoma.<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Office Closure 8/31/17, 29 Aug 2017 15:55:19<p>Please note that the Veterans Center in Bouillon Hall 206, will be closed this Thursday, August 31. We will resume regular business hours Friday, September 1.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Inspirational CWU Graduate Double Majors After Serving in Military, 20 Jun 2017 09:15:37<p><a href=""><img style="width: 600px; height: 365px; margin: 3px;" alt="Kristin Ashley" src=""></a></p><p><em><strong>Kristin Ashley, holding her Veterans Excellence Award for highest attained GPA. The 2017 CWU graduate double majored with a <a href="">B.S. in global wine studies</a> and a <a href="">B.S. in recreation, tourism, and events</a> with a specialization in tourism management.</strong></em></p><p>All college students deal with adversity on the way to earning their degree, but some have a lot more challenges than just those in the classroom.</p><p>One Central Washington University graduate got her start in college much later than most students on campus. Kristin Ashley is not your typical college graduate.</p><p>"I deal with stress a lot more productively than some people," Ashley said. "I am more motivated to accomplish and conquer challenges."</p><p>She grew up 26 miles outside of Ellensburg, without running water or electricity. Then everything changed when she was 16.</p><p>"That's when nine-eleven happened and we had seen the planes fly into the towers," Ashley explained.</p><p>That night, she tried to sign up for the draft but was rejected.</p><p>"That was very moving for me and I wanted to immediately do something about it," she said.</p><p>Read more of this story on <a href="" target="_blank">KNDU/KNDO TV</a>.<br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch video</a>.</p></br>Summer Quarter Registration 2017, 06 Jun 2017 09:19:39<p><strong>Summer has two sessions; a six and nine week session.</strong>&nbsp; For the six week session you will only need 6 credits to be full time.&nbsp; For the nine weeks session one will need to be registered for 9 credits to be full time.&nbsp; Please remember all classes must meet degree requirements.</p><p>If you want to be full time and do a combination of the sessions one will need to register for at least 9 credits that run all the way through the 9 week session.&nbsp; The reason is so when the 6 week session ends the VA will stop counting those credits for that class.&nbsp; For example if someone was in 2 classes for a total of 9 credits and the six week session class ends which was worth 4 credits, for the remaining 3 weeks they are only at 5 credits which would put them at the half time rate.</p><p><em>There are also special sessions, like 4 week classes.&nbsp; If these classes are 5 credit hours, then you most likely will be considered full time, but you will want to contact the VA to confirm that status – 1-888-442-4551.</em></p><p>Please remember to <a href="" target="_blank">submit your schedule</a> if you would like to utilize your benefits over the summer.</p><p>There is a separate application for <a href="" target="_blank">Summer Financial Aid.</a></p>Attention Students! Top Cats Program, 04 May 2017 11:11:28<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 647px;"></p>Music and Words Confront War, March 1, 27 Feb 2017 10:13:45<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right;" alt="Man in front of a tank" src="/veterans/sites/">War and its impact on the human experience is the focus of “Music &amp; Words Confront War,” a multifaceted event that will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the CWU McIntyre Recital Hall.</p><p>Music and Words is one in a series of Big Read events, centered around Tim O’Brien’s novel <em>The Things They Carried</em>. The multimedia event comprised of live music, dance, spoken word, and visuals will accompany an audio-visual show that deals with the experience of people in war—either as soldiers or civilian victims.</p><p>“It gives me chills,” said Gerard Hogan, CWU professor of library services and the Big Read organizer.</p><p>Hogan explained that the show is a very interesting mix of moving material.</p><p>The musical composition, “<a href="">I Was Like Wow</a>,” by Jacob TV and an audio-visual accompaniment will be the focal point of the evening. CWU professor of trombone John Neurohr will play the score as multi-media images of words and quotes from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are projected behind him.</p><p>“It was a way to tie in the Vietnam experience along with more recent American military events,” said Hogan.</p><p>Excerpts from <em>The Things They Carried </em>will be read and dramatized. A moving dance will also be performed as a tribute to a piece in O’Brien’s book, where a traumatized Vietnamese girl dances in her village that had just been destroyed.</p><p>Performances will feature CWU faculty and students from various departments including theatre arts, music, dance, and English.</p><p>This event is part of the <a href="">2017 Big Read</a>. Event sponsors include Brooks Library, CWU English department, Theatre Arts department, Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, and the CWU Veterans Center.</p><p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 75px; float: left;" alt="Big Read Logo" src="/veterans/sites/">“NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest."</p><p>“El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.”</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.<br>--February 26, 2017</p></a href=""></br>CWU student panel to discuss transitioning from military to college life, 09 Nov 2016 15:57:56<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 226px; height: 350px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Central Washington University is experiencing phenomenal growth in the number of veterans taking university classes after they leave military service.</p><p>The number, in fact, is up by more than 20 percent in the past four years and has increased 30 percent since 2012. In all, more than 600 active-duty, National Guard, reservist, and retired military personnel, along with their family members, are working to earn degrees through Central.<br>&nbsp;<br>Four veterans will share their personal experiences about transitioning from active duty to civilian life during a special Student Veteran Panel on Thursday, November 10, at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Pit.</p><p>The event takes place as part of the university’s Red Week, which is now through November 10, on the Ellensburg campus.<br>&nbsp;<br>“Other organizations and institutions have a ‘Red Friday’ to show support for and raise awareness about veteran’ issues,” said Ruben Cardenas, director of the CWU Veterans Center, which is helping to sponsor the panel presentation.</p><p>“With Veterans Day coming up on Friday, a couple of our students proposed a Red Week, including the veterans’ discussion panel, to provide the campus and local communities with a better idea of what our student veterans are going through as they transition out of the military. It’s a student-led initiative,” Cardenas said.</p><p>Some veterans begin their college careers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, or other physical ailments and symptoms that can make just getting to class a chore itself.<br>&nbsp;<br>“For some of them, it can be hard just to get up every day,” noted Cardenas, himself a military veteran. “It shows that many of these students are very resilient in that they are having to fight just to go about their days in as positive a manner as they can.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Along with the panel presentation, the observance will include the distribution of commemorative t-shirts in the SURC throughout Red Week, along with information pertaining to the composition of the nation’s student-veteran population, 80 percent of whom are 25 years old and older.<br>&nbsp;<br>“Twenty-seven percent of student veterans are women and 46 percent have children,” Cardenas added, who will moderate the discussion involving four CWU student veterans.</p><p>“Anyone is going to say they support veterans,” Cardenas added. “But, I think, if you really support veterans you are going to try to make an effort to understand—and empathize with—what they’re going through on a daily basis. That’s really what the panel is about, to provide some additional understanding. This is not really intended for [an audience of] veterans.”<br>&nbsp;<br>The panel presentation comes on the one-year anniversary of Central being named, for a second time, as among the Partners for Veterans Supportive Campuses by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.</p><p>Cake and light refreshments will also be served at the event, in honor of the United States Marine Corps, which was established on November 10, 1775. The panel is sponsored by the Veterans Center in conjunction with <a href="" target="_blank">Brother 2 Brother</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Psychology Club</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán).</a><br>&nbsp;<br>“We continuously make an effort to raise veteran awareness and educate our campus and the local community about veterans’ issues,” Cardenas said. “That comes along with our label of being a Veterans Supportive Campus. We want to continue to do programs like this so that our campus will be supportive of veterans, so that they will succeed and can get their degrees while they’re here.”<br>&nbsp;<br>CWU, which offers the lowest annual tuition of all state universities in Washington, also actively assists veterans process their education benefits.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,<br>&nbsp;<br>November 9, 2016</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>November 7-10th Veterans Red Week, 02 Nov 2016 15:48:41<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p>2016-17 NAVPA Scholarship Opportunity, 12 Oct 2016 14:21:18<p>As a member institution our students may be eligible for the NAVPA Scholarship. The application can be accessed via the link below. Scholarship requirements and instructions are detailed in the application. This scholarship does not impact tuition and fees under Post 9/11 GI Bill, as it can be used for general purposes .</p><p><a href=""></a></p><p>Please share this with your fellow veterans and dependent students.</p>